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‘Dumb phones’ make a comeback: $25 hybrid feature handsets with basic internet capabilities will overtake top smartphone brands in parts of the world, report claims 'Dumb' phones have become popular in developing countries across the world The pared down devices, called 'smart feature phones' are cheap and capable Phones lack functionality but can call, text, and use major apps like YouTube Analysts say in next three years, the market could reach $28 billion in sales 

By James Pero For Dailymail.com

Published: 22:52 BST, 23 July 2019 | Updated: 23:01 BST, 23 July 2019


The future of mobile phones in much of the world will look a lot like devices of the recent past, according to a new report.

As millions of users come online across the world in India and Africa, 'dumb phones' -- as opposed to the hyper-connected and increasingly sophisticated smart phones -- have found a burgeoning new market.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the pared down devices, which look similar to mobile phones of yore from Motorola and Nokia, have become particularly popular due to their accessible price point -- some of them sell for about $25 -- and their cheap access to unlimited data.

'Dumb phones' are becoming a burgeoning industry in the developing world with good price points and data.

'Dumb phones' are becoming a burgeoning industry in the developing world with good price points and data.


Smart 'feature phones,' also known as dumb phones, are a class of phones with limited capabilities comped to smart phones. 

The devices often use a physical keyboard as opposed to a touchscreen and are far cheaper than their smart counterparts. 

Feature phones are popular among users in developing countries and tout longer battery life and cheap unlimited data. 

While the devices don't offer the same functionality as their bigger and more expensive smart phone counterparts, they offer users some benefits in addition to the basic calling and texting.

'Smart feature phones' as they're known give users access to many apps,

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